Speaker: Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak
Affiliation: Yale University
Time: 09:00–10:30 Tokyo time / 20:00–21:30 New Haven, Connecticut time (15 August 2021)
This ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation webinar, organized in collaboration with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, featured Yale University’s Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak who presented his work on technology adoption in developing countries. This includes low technology uptake in the health, finance, and agriculture sectors, such as the use of toilets, cleaner cook stoves, anti-malarial bednets, fertilizer, weather insurance. and improved seed varieties.
Mobarak explained the importance of understanding the sources of behavioral and structural barriers to new technology adoption to devise policies and marketing strategies for addressing these barriers. He highlighted economic analysis and experimental randomized controlled trial-based field methods applied in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Sub-Saharan Africa to promote greater welfare-improving technology use.
About the Speaker
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak is a professor of economics in Yale University’s School of Management and Department of Economics.
He is the founder and faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale. He also holds appointments at Innovations for Poverty Action, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics. He conducts field experiments exploring ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt welfare-improving technologies and behaviors.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Institute for Fiscal Studies
Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Improving Technologies (like Toilets)
Some Adventures in Scaling Anti-Poverty Interventions